Jose grew up in a sports family, where Baseball is everything in their lives. His parents (Eligio Escanio & Mayra Figueroa) oversaw the team’s organization, especially the food prep to sell for all the teams he played throughout his childhood.
He started in the industry at a young age having more than ten years of experience working, executing, and studying. During that time, he had received scholarships as a Baseball Player. He went to study Hotel Management at the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina and Nutrition and Sport Science in Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.
Jose started working at independent restaurants in an Argentinean Restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico called Tierra Del Fuego, where he worked as “Parrillero,” “Gaucho” (the most crucial role in the Argentinian Culture and Cuisine). It helped him develop himself in mastering the art of Grilling in Charcoal open grill, Argentinean Cuisine, and Culture.
An accolade allowed him to move to New York, where he works with Chef Thomas Keller, working at TKRG (Thomas Keller Restaurant Group) as Chef de Partie.
After a year working at Wyndham Hotel, he moved to Dorado, PR, and had the pleasure to work in a great hotel such as the opening of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
In his path of continuously growing as a professional, he became part of a fantastic company as Tavistock Group with Joe Lewis as the Chairman of the Company that manages the Country Club as Isleworth Golf & Country Club. He had the pleasure of being de Chef de Cuisine at the Club.
Jose currently has the fantastic opportunity to be the Executive Chef at Amavida Living, a Luxurious Retirement Community in Fort Myers, FL.